Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness
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With an area of 6,050 acres, Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness is a place of breathtaking panoramas and natural history. This wilderness is characterized by gentle slopes and an impressive expanse of old-growth Joshua trees. In Paiute language, Wee Thump means "ancient ones." On average, Joshua trees grow only a half-inch per year. Many of the trees in this wilderness are more than 30 feet tall and could be more than 900 years old, making them some of the oldest and largest Joshua trees in the world.

Silence is common throughout these gentle slopes. Infrequent visitor use and the ability to lose oneself in the maze of Joshua trees result in outstanding opportunities for solitude. Although the wilderness is bordered by dirt roads and a highway, the majority of the area is characterized by long periods of natural quiet.

This is a great place to get out of the car and stretch your legs among the "ancient ones" on the Joshua Tree Trail. Grab your binoculars to take in the sights and sounds of one of southern Nevada's best birding spots.


Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness lies on the gently sloping bajada, and is southeast of the nearby South McCullough Wilderness. The gently sloping alluvia deposits are comprised of un-sorted sand, gravel and cobbles. The soils is composed of the broken-down metamorphic rock of the McCullough Range.

Flora and Fauna

The landscape ranges from 4,000 to 5,000 feet in elevation and displays a thriving forest of Joshua trees. Other plants that can be found in this area include blackbrush, Mojave yucca, buckhorn cholla, creosote bush, white bursage, banana yucca, bunch grass, matted cholla, and prickly pear cactus.

Gilded flicker (known to occur in Nevada only in this location), northern flicker, ladder-backed woodpecker, black-throated woodpecker, black-throated sparrow, red-tailed hawk, crissal thrasher, golden eagle, loggerhead shrike, cactus wren, desert tortoise, desert bighorn sheep, coyote, desert cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, valley pocket gopher and desert woodrats can be glimpsed in this wilderness.

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Last updated: 12-27-2012